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Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

What a way to see the North Rim of the Grand Canyon! You felt just like a pioneer from days gone by. As regular hikers from the UK we thought it would be a good idea to stay in the National Park instead of being outside. This was certainly a good choice. Having seen the South Rim, hiked the trails extensively, hiked down the Canyon and camped it was now the turn of the North Rim. We spent part of the day hiking the Widforss Trail, a good hike and relatively easy. We had however finished our hike before check in time so took a drive to the breathtaking Cape Royal.
Check in was extremely efficient. There was no queue and Nancy checked us in very quickly. She was great, a real delight to talk to and a pleasure to deal with. We had booked into one of the Pioneer Cabins, a two bedroom cabin with a bathroom. Our cabin was not far from the car park, number 132. Upon entry we couldn't help but smile. The cabins are so rustic in style, the furniture is all wooden, the decor is charming and the place spotlessly clean. (Very "Little House on the Prairie") One feature some may not likes the lack of television, but in all honesty, you do not need a television with the Grand Canyon on your doorstep and a good choice of Ranger programs. We experienced an interpretive talk about the night sky and had the opportunity to star gaze through the most amazing telescope.
The cabin featured a queen bed in one room and bunk beds in the other with a futon that converted to further bed if needed. We used this as a sofa. The bathroom featured a toilet, washbasin and shower, toiletries provided. There was also a refrigerator and coffee machine supplied.
We took our own food in with us so cannot comment on the restaurant or deli, but they certainly looked busy.
The cabins are excellently located to visit the North Rim and would recommend getting up early to see the sunrise from Bright Angel Point - beautiful. An excellent choice of accommodation and we would like to visit again in the future. The North Rim is a lot less crowded than the South.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

We rented a unit which was a log cabin with one double bed and one single bed. It was a "blast of the past" with great linens in a beautiful setting. The main lodge with its historic architecture has marvelous views as it is perched on the edge of the north rim. Many sitting areas invite indoor or outdoor viewing and the options for eating are great. The staff is great about options for hiking, taking mule trips or photographic sites.

Room Tip: You will need to book very early to have any choices--a few cabins have views, but I actually enjoye...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

I don't know how Forever Resorts manages to hire so many delightful people to work at the Grand Canyon Lodge-North Rim! We stayed for two nights in September, and almost everyone there went out of their way to make us feel welcome. I think the policy of requesting visitors to name especially helpful employees must contribute to the fabulous service level. Everyone else should come take lessons!
We stayed in Western cabin 306 which is perched on the rim with the most outstanding view of any, thanks to a last minute upgrade suggested by the front desk (we had booked the best cabin available exactly 1 year prior). We were thrilled at the suggestion!
We had made dining reservations several weeks ahead, which meant we had pretty early times for dinner (they book in 15 minute intervals, and we should have booked months before), and found the service to be wonderful. Amazing how they can keep getting you in on time! I followed some trip advisor recommendations and got the delicious grilled vegetables and a fruit and cheese platter both nights. My husband tried the portobello mushroom vegetarian option, which was also good. His chicken the next night was only average.
We ordered off the menu for breakfast (love the rim to rim), and everything we ordered was delicious! You get crisp bacon every time. I recommend doing that over the buffet. Lunch was less exciting but adequate. However, the views from the dining room override everything else, and you are always seated in the table with the best view that they have available and a friendly server (the servers are from all over and have interesting stories to tell) - how nice is that? None of that seating you by the kitchen stuff. Also, we found prices to be wonderful! For example, prices in Orlando near Disney are double what they are here. A good buffet breakfast in Orlando would be $25, versus half that at Grand Canyon.
Light hiking is our thing now. Having walked to Phantom Ranch and back twenty-five years ago we stuck to the rim this time. I would say the north rim is more beautiful by far than the south. Perhaps it has something to do with the orientation, but the light is better for photographs, and the rim details are wonderful. We particularly recommend the Cape Royal Road in the afternoon. Angel's Window was such a surprise- a complete trompe l'oeuil effect, and Cape Royal itself lovely. We chickened out and came back before sunset so as not to have to drive the 45 minutes back to the lodge in the dark. Also got up in time to catch dawn at the end of Bright Angel Point before breakfast. But even if you are quite mobility challenged, you can enjoy the fabulous views from the lodge and experience the majesty of this great canyon.

Room Tip: 306 is the greatest! View of the canyon is spectacular as well as that of the Bright Angel Point tra...
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

We stayed in one of the Western Cabins at the Grand Canyon Lodge. We had made the reservation a year ahead after we stayed in one of these cabins last year. The Western cabins are the nicest rooms at the North Rim and also the most expensive. The cabin had 2 queen beds, one of which had an end table. The other bed had no end tables due to the size of the room. The room also had a small fireplace, a desk and a small round table with 2 chairs. Behind the beds, there is a small bathroom with a tub, toilet and sink (no counter) and another small room behind the other bed with a counter, a refrigerator, coffee maker, and 3 drawers. These cabins also have a nice covered porch with 2 chairs. Overall, the room is comfortable and a nice size for 2 people. The parking is a ways away depending on the location of the cabin, as is the ice machine. There are no televisions or internet connections in the rooms which is not unusual for accommodations within National Parks. Our cabin was very near the rim of the Grand Canyon and had views of the canyon from the porch. Check in and check out was efficient and capable. Dining options are limited and dinner reservations in the lodge need to be made in advance, which I did and was able to get the time that I wanted. People arriving without advanced reservations were offered dining times after 9 PM. The North Rim of the Grand Canyon has less visitors and fewer services than the South Rim. It is 1000 feet higher and has different types of trees and vegetation. Overall, it is a beautiful and relaxing place to visit with limited services.

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Reviewed September 24, 2012

During our 3 week trip through the USA, we stayed for two nights in a Western cabin at the Grand Canyon Logde situated at the North Rim. Location is suberb: our cabin was only a couple of meters away from the rim and some more steps away from a footpath leading to breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon! For myself and my family this was a once in a lifetime experience.
The cabin itself is rather basic (no TV, no Wifi, no AC, but a refrigirator in a seperate kitchen area) and blends into the location. You don't feel the need for more. Cabin offers a lot of inside space and has a small patio with chairs, great for having a drink and chat with friends.
Breakfast is served in the restaurant located at the very edge of the Rim (5min walk): a lot of choice and really good.

Room Tip: Ask for a lodge with Rim views.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Just returned from a great weekend at the Grand Canyon. First night's stay in the north rim cabins was quite fun. No lap of luxury but the cabins lend themselves to the experience of the wilderness surrounding you. The cabin's two rooms had a shared bath which worked out just fine. Our group of one married couple and 3 other men whose wives stayed home declining to join us on the rim to rim hike worked great. No one hogged the bathroom and no one snored. :). The beds were comfy and we were surprised the cabin had a coffee maker and small fridge. The building was small but clean, fresh and shaded.

The view off the north rim lodge is literally breathtaking. This is one place to have on your bucket list. Live and enjoy!

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Reviewed September 23, 2012 via mobile

We loved the cabins at the North Rim.
Big and cozy. I liked that we had a mini fridge in th room--very helpful.
I only wish I knew the ones with a view.
I would have picked one of those instead.
Great place to stay, we want to go back.

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Address: End of Highway 67, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 86052
Location: United States > Arizona > Grand Canyon National Park
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Grand Canyon National Park
Price Range: $198 - $301 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Grand Canyon Lodge - North Rim 2*
Number of rooms: 219
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The more remote North Rim offers up its beauty and solitude to those willing to make a little longer trek to cooler temperatures and greener vegetation of the Grand Canyon's less visited rim. Time means little here in this Nirvana for nature lovers…abundant forest beauty and wrap-around scenic splendor as sheer walls hold in the Colorado River a mile below. The only developed lodging within the National Park’s North Rim boundaries this historic treasure has cabins and lodging tucked into the trees and dotting the canyon edge. The historic dining room with wall to ceiling windows gives diners the unique opportunity to take in the Canyon's views and tasteful regional and sustainable delights for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Reservations are recommended. For guests seeking a unique remembrance of their visit to this special place, there is a gift store and convenience store located at the North Rim. Authentic Native American handcrafts, jewelry and merchandise that is U.S.A. made by local and regional artists provide an array of gift items for guests to the Grand Canyon. Smell the pines, listen to the fluttering leaves of quaking aspen, and keep an eye out for a California condor, the largest bird in North America. The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is only open from mid May to mid October. ... more   less 
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